Christianity and the Making of the Modern Family

ISBN-10: 0807054070

ISBN-13: 9780807054079

Edition: 2001

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Description: From the author of the groundbreaking Sexism and God-Talk and Womanguides, a masterful work that sheds light on two of our oldest institutions How did a religion whose founding proponents advocated a shocking disregard of earthly ties come to extol the virtues of the "traditional" family? In this richly textured history of the relationship between Christianity and the family, Rosemary Radford Ruether traces the development of these centerpieces of modern life to reveal the misconceptions at the heart of the "family values" debate. "Ruether combines careful scholarship, theological reflection, and passionate vision, and her suggested alternative to the family model that the Christian right favors and would make injunctive will ring true to those living in a world where both Christianity and families are diverse." -Steven Schroeder, Booklist "A highly readable and important political stab at timely theological and cultural questions." -Sandra Collins, Library Journal "Provocative . . . [Ruether's] impressive scholarship, interweaving social history with religious history, puts the family in a fascinating historical context." -Marilyn Gardner, The Christian Science Monitor "Through a new reading of history, [Ruether] leads us to the question, Is there a new way of reading family, sex, and procreation theologically that can support a more just and sustainable vision of family, home, and work?" -Rosemary Keller, editor of In Our Own Voices: Four Centuries of American Women's Religious Writing

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Book details

List price: $26.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publication date: 7/13/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.55" wide x 8.50" long x 0.70" tall
Weight: 0.814
Language: English

American feminist theologian Rosemary Radford Ruether was born in St. Paul, Minnesota. Ruether graduated from Scripps College in 1958 and received her doctorate in classics and patristics from Claremont Graduate School in 1956. In 1976 she became Georgia Harkness Professor of Theology at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, a position she continues to hold. An activist in the civil rights and peace movements of the 1960s, Ruether turned her energies to the emerging women's movement. During the 1970s and successive decades, feminist concerns impelled her to rethink historical theology, analyzing the patriarchal biases in both Christianity and Judaism that elevated male gender at the expense of women. Her rigorous scholarship has challenged many of the assumptions of traditionally male-dominated Christian theology. Recognized as one of the most prolific and readable Catholic writers, Ruether's work represents a significant contribution to contemporary theology, and her views have influenced a generation of scholars and theologians. Her imprint on feminist theology has been reinforced by her lectureships at a number of universities in the United States and abroad.

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